We are all experiencing a Holy Week unlike any other and, in that light, we are very grateful to Sr. Margaret, Spiritual Advisor to Warrington 1, for the following reflection:
‘We are in unknown territory as we enter this holiest of weeks. Just as Jesus
entered Jerusalem unaware of exactly what He would be facing, we too, enter this week knowing what we could be facing if we do not follow the instructions we have been given.
As we reflect in these coming days on the Passion and death of Jesus we must remember that there was also the Resurrection. When I was a school chaplain and celebrated Holy Week with the students and staff I would never leave it at Good Friday – the Resurrection was spoken about but not in detail
until after the Easter holiday. I felt I could not leave them dwelling on the crucifixion for too long. The crucifixion is part of the story – not all of it. We cannot have the crucifixion without the Resurrection nor the Resurrection without the crucifixion.
As Teams we are united in so many ways and even now we are united through the internet and the phone. We are united in prayer and in thought, even though not, for the most part, in person. No matter how we stay in touch, it is important to stay in touch.
When we have our meetings, if we do, let us all remember each other. We must also remember that whatever difficulties we are going though, or will go through, Jesus has been there before us and as my Novice Mistress used to often say, “This too will pass”.
With a promise of prayer from myself and Warrington 1, Happy Holy Week,
Pope Francis’s prayer to Mary during the corona virus pandemic:
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.